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“Devastating . . . Inspired . . . We make so many complex emotional investments in the lives of Mr. Lee’s characters that it takes a monk’s restraint not to flip to the very end of the book before you get there.” — The New York Times

“A masterly novel . . . Achingly good . . . The novel’s last, almost whispered word about the bombing’s carnage is left to stand among the most devastating observations ever made about terrorism.” — The New Yorker

“A novel so smart and compassionate and beautifully written that it asks for total immersion.” —Lauren Groff, author of Fates & Furies

“A tender story about the hopes and flaws of ordinary people made extraordinary by events.” — New York Times Book Review 

“A beautifully realized novel about the intertwining of loyalty, family, ambition and politics. Lee’s truest antecedent is Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent . . . Astonishingly well executed.” — Washington Post

“An extraordinary performance: vividly written, painfully human and fully fleshing the inner lives of its characters.” —Sunday Times

“A multivoiced epic that builds towards a stunning finale.” – Guardian, Books of The Year

“Hauntingly atmospheric . . . Lee is quite brilliant at excavating the disappointment of characters constantly chasing lost opportunities . . . The protagonists generate a static energy, gathering charged particles of the particular. There are echoes of Beckett.” – Guardian 

“A meticulous and gripping reimagination of the Brighton bomb.” — Observer, Best Novels Of The Year

“Electrifying . . . A work of serious and thoughtful integrity.” – Independent

“Highly amusing and ultimately very moving . . . Lee draws the reader into his characters’ lives with such sympathy and affection that when that inevitable explosion occurs, its impact is all the more devastating.” —Wall Street Journal

“A mongrel blend of political thriller, dark comedy, and pathos . . . Tolstoy’s sense of an overpowering momentum of events hovers.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“In The Line of Beauty, the winner of the 2004 Man Booker Prize, Alan Hollinghurst achieved a breakthrough … In High Dive, the celebrated young British novelist Jonathan Lee puts the prime minister in even clearer perspective. Lee’s novel bypass[es] crude critique, or cartoon version, of the period in order to portray individual lives floundering and changing in the midst of social and political upheaval.” —The Atlantic

“Seldom has a novel made me feel so intensely the double binds of historical guilt or the utter inadequacy of all our moral accountings. High Dive is a gorgeous, compassionate book.” —Garth Greenwell, Electric Literature

“Lee moves with ease between the epic and the intimate . . . Full of humor and compassion.” —Catherine Lacey, The Paris Review

“A funny, gripping and ultimately tragic view into the life of a young IRA man and the dear price he, and his victims, pay during the dark years of the Troubles.” – Ayana Mathis, author of The Twelve Tribes Of Hattie

“A fascinating look into a troubled past. In taut scene after taut scene, with a fine style and wit among the carnage, Jonathan Lee does service to history and the novel both.” –  Joshua Ferris, author of Then We Came To The End

“A bold, thrilling triumph of a book.”  – Téa Obreht, author of The Tiger’s Wife

“An excellent new novel.” —Houston Chronicle

“A moving and charismatic novel.” —Financial Times

“A courageous work of art that works its own kind of high dive trick—a relentless momentum whose twists demand close attention. Jonathan Lee is a real talent.” —South China Morning Post

“High Dive is funny, troublesome, and poignant, and will cement Lee’s reputation even further.” —The Herald

“Every character feels fully realized; the ensemble has the most individualized identities of any group I’ve read in the past few years.” —Kansas City Star

“Rich in the comedy of the mundane.”—Daily Mail

“Riveting . . . A tragic-comic tale full of warmth and muddled humanity.” —Metro

“Utterly absorbing and beautifully wrought.” —Mariella Frostrup, BBC Radio

“What’s clear straight away is how good Lee is on character . . . Terrific.” —Spectator

“Lee masterfully ekes poetry out of everyday life . . . Faultless.” —Stylist

“Lee’s an excellent storyteller, the kind you’d follow anywhere—his prose is full of sharp wit and surprising empathy, easily earning complete absorption.” —Guernica

“A virtuoso storyteller . . . What a thrilling new novel.” —Yiyun Li, author of Kinder Than Solitude

“Lee is a wonderful writer; High Dive a novel with extraordinary qualities.” —Newsday

“High Dive performs a feat of reverse engineering, puncturing the botched assassination plot to reveal the precise emotional circuitry running between regular people.” — Vice

“Brilliant. . . A poignant, multi-voiced account of the precarious weeks leading up to the explosion, High Dive offers an intimate look at tragedy, loyalty, and a pivotal moment in history.” —Buzzfeed

“Brilliant, urgent, unstoppable . . . An incredible novel of rare insight, velocity, depth, and daring.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred, boxed)

“Lee’s writing has a marked freshness, his pacing and dialogue are exceptional, and every scene is deftly handled. This is a real craftsman at work.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred)

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